An Ancient Guarani Indian Village
Before leaving the village, my guide and I sat on a fallen tree and enjoyed some Yerba Maté prepared for us by the natives. As I sat there, pondering what life must have been like for the Guarani people's ancestors 2,000 years ago, I could see, in my mind's eye, an ancient Guarani Indian village deep in the rainforest of Paraguay. There they were, harvesting their sacred herbs from the plenteous bounty of their own lush environment. Some of them were carrying leaves and some were drying or crushing them, while still others stood or sat around the campfire sipping maté through a bombilla made of bamboo.
On my return to Asunción, I engaged a modern Guarani Indian artist to paint a portrait of the village as it would have appeared 2,000 years ago. Unbeknownst to me until I received the painting, he had placed my Paraguayan guide and me into the ancient scene. I felt honored to be pictured among them, enjoying their wonderful elixir of health, vitality and longevity.